December 24th

Your Local Library

We think your local library is the gift that keeps giving. Your library is not just for Christmas, our free services are available to you year round. But we are library people, so don’t just take our word for it.

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.

Albert Einstein

When in doubt go to the library.

J.K. Rowling

I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.

Laura Bush

You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!

Doctor Who (Russell T. Davies)

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.

Ray Bradbury

If I was a book, I would like to be a library book, so I would be taken home by all different sorts of kids.

Cornelia Funke

Libraries are our friends.

Neil Gaiman

So with those recommendations visit your local library today (Before 4pm!) or make it your New Year’s resolution to come and see us when we reopen on 2nd-3rd January, you won’t regret it!

Merry Christmas!

December 23rd

Walking Home for Christmas

While we obviously think our libraries are wonderful places to be, sometimes it’s good to get out and about. Meet at the library for a weekly brisk constitutional to improve your mood, reduce stress, get your body and mind moving and meet new friends.

Hemsworth LibraryEvery Monday10am
Pontefract LibraryEvery Wednesday11am

December 22nd

School Holiday Activities

Do you greet the school holidays with a mixture of fear and dread? How are you going to keep your little cherubs entertained? Well, your local library can help with our regular holiday activities.

Gluing, sticking, robots, animals, wax hands (!), face painting et cetera, et cetera, there’s always something interesting and exciting going on to keep the little ones busy (don’t tell them, but they might even learn something!)

Check the library events page and follow us on our social media to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun.

December 21st

Join a Readers Group

Readers Groups are a fantastic way to share your love of reading with like-minded folk. Join one of our free and friendly groups to talk books, meet new people and try authors you might otherwise never have considered.

Airedale Library Readers Group

Meets on the first Monday of the month at

Airedale Library, The Airedale Centre,

The Square, Airedale WF10 3JJ

Castleford Forum Readers Group

Meets on the third Monday in the month at

Castleford Forum Library and Museum,Carlton St,

Castleford WF10 1BB Tel 01977 722085

Morning meeting –  10-12 noon

Hemsworth Readers Group
Meets on the first Friday of the month at
Hemsworth Library
Market Street
Tel 01977 722270

Afternoon meeting – 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

Historical Readers Group
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at:
Wakefield Library & Museum
Burton Street

Morning meeting – 11am – 12noon
For more information please contact Alison Cassels.
Telephone: 01924 305906

Horbury Readers Group

Meets on the last Monday in each month at
Horbury Library
Westfield Road
Tel 01924 303060

Early evening meeting – 5.45 – 6.45pm

Knottingley Readers Group

Meets on the first Wednesday in each month at
Morrison’s Supermarket Café
Tel 01924 302235

Morning meeting – 10 – 11.30am

Nom! Nom! Nom! Cookery Book Readers Group

Meets on the first Saturday of the month 2 – 3pm at
Wakefield Library & Museum
Burton Street

Ossett Readers Group

Meets on the second Wednesday in each month at
Ossett Library
Station Road,
Tel 01924 303040

Afternoon meeting 2.30 – 3.30pm

Pontefract Readers Groups

Evening Group meets on the second Monday in the month 7.00pm – 9.00pm.
Reader in Residence : Fiona Edwards.

Daytime Group meets weekly to read and discuss a wide range of books, Monday mornings 10.15am – 12.15pm.

Groups meet at:
Pontefract Library
Pontefract WF8 1BD

For further information please telephone the library on 01977 727692 or e-mail:

Sandal Readers Group
Meets on the last Monday of every month at:
Sandal Library
Sparable Lane
Tel: 01924 303355

Afternoon meeting – 2.00pm – 3.30pm

South Elmsall Readers Group
Meets on the second Monday of every month at:
South Elmsall Library
Barnsley Road
South Elmsall
Tel 01977 723220

Afternoon meeting – 2.00pm until 3.00pm.

Stanley Readers Group
Meet on the third Thursday of every month at:

Stanley Library
Lake Lock Road
Tel: 01924 303130

Evening meeting 6.30pm – 8.00pm.

Unravel a Book Readers Group

Meets on the first Monday in every month at
Stanley Library
Lake Lock Road
Tel: 01924 303130

Morning meeting – 11am – 12 noon

December 20th

Active Minds

Active Minds sessions are fun social events where you can keep your mind active by taking part in quizzes, crafts, puzzles, mood boosting colouring or simply chatting.

MondaysCastleford Library (Crafts)10:30am
MondaysSandal Library11am
TuesdaysPontefract Library (plus Chess Tuesday)10:30am
TuesdaysAiredale Library (Crossword and Conversation)10:30am
TuesdaysNormanton Library (Coffee and Chat)2pm
WednesdaysFeatherstone Library11am
SaturdaysAiredale Library11am

December 19th

Merry Chessmas

Come along to one of our chess clubs to learn to play the world’s greatest game or pit your skills against some of our toughest competition.

Pontefract LibraryEvery Saturday10am
Pontefract LibraryEvery Tuesday10:30am
Normanton LibraryFirst Saturday of the month10am
Ossett LibraryEvery Monday
(Board Games Club)
Wakefield LibraryEvery Saturday
(Family board game club)

December 18th

Reading Ahead

Reading Ahead is a national programme run by The Reading Agency which challenges you to choose six reads, rate and review them and gives you the chance to enter a prize draw when you complete. The programme takes place every year in public libraries, colleges, workplaces and prisons across the UK and reached over 30,000 people in 2018/19.

Reading Ahead is an adult reading challenge that helps you to realise the benefits to your wellbeing of reading for pleasure, boost your confidence and encourage those looking to improve their literacy.

To sign up for yourself, or if you would be interested in taking part in Reading Ahead as a group or orgaisation please email

December 17th

Reading Well

Sometimes, a book can help. Wakefield Libraries have four special collections of health related books called Reading Well,  offering information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories. The books have been recommended by health professionals. They are available across Wakefield Libraries and can be reserved free at a branch or online. Pick up a leaflet from your local library for a full list of books in each collection.

Adult Mental Health: dealing with stress, anxiety, sleep problems, panic attacks and other mild mental health issues.


Long Term conditions: dealing with arthritis, diabetes, IBS, strokes, chronic pain and other long term conditions.


Shelf Help: to help young people cope with difficult feelings and experiences such as anxiety, depression, bullying and low self esteem and they have been chosen by young people themselves as well as medical experts.


Dementia: books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or want to find out more about the condition.


December 16th


Tovertafel is a magic table creating moments of happiness for people living with dementia or intellectual disabilities and all those around them.

Tovertafel projects interactive light games on to a table that encourage physical and cognitive activity and social interaction. The games are all about enjoyment and wonder and can create treasured moments with family members and carers.

It’s fantastic for kids as well who love interacting with the games and seeing the table react to their physical actions.

We have Tovertafels installed at Airedale, Normanton, Pontafract, Sandal, South Elmsall and Wakefield Libraries. They are completely free to use and are available most of the time. If you would like to bring a group to use the Tovertafel please contact any of the above libraries directly, who will reserve the table for you to use.

December 15th


Your free access to both rbDigital and Borrowbox also includes audiobooks so you can listen to a vast array of quality books at home or on the go.

Both services have apps that are:

  • FREE to Wakefield Library members
  • Simple to use
  • Available 24/7
  • Available to listen anywhere

A different selection of titles is available on each site and can be accessed on tablets, smart phones and PCs. You can register for a free rbDigital or Borrowbox account with your Wakefield Library card number using the apps or on the rbDigital and Borrowbox websites.

Get the rbDigital app from:
Google Play
App Store
Amazon appstore

Get the BorrowBox app from:
Google Play
App store
Kindle Fire instructions
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